Crews respond to East Fork Fire

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Crews are working to suppress the East Fork Fire,

located about three miles northeast of Jemez Springs. The fire, first reported on Saturday, June 14, was determined to be lightning caused. It is burning in
Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, on a very steep slope, and is approximately three
acres in size.

To ensure both public and fire fighter safety, Forest Service Trail #137 has been
closed until further notice.

Currently, one engine crew, one Hotshot crew, and additional support personnel are
on scene. A Type 3 helicopter has arrived and will assist with water drops. There
is no estimated date for containment.

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect on all National Forest
System lands within Santa Fe National Forest on the Jemez Ranger District and Cuba
Ranger District south of NM Highway 126, and the Valles Caldera National Preserve,
in Sandoval County.

Please observe the following prohibitions:

* Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires are prohibited except in
established fire pits, in developed campsites and picnic areas.
* Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters are allowed.
* Smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed
recreation sites, or in areas at least three feet in diameter that are clear of
flammable material.
* Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of fire work or other
pyrotechnic device.

For additional information about the East Fork Fire, please call the Jemez Ranger
District at 575-829-3535.